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might have. you'd hate to be a defendant awaiting sentencing if judges suddenly think their job's on the line unless they throw the book at everybody. that's it for today's program. please tweet me, @smerkonish. see you next week. my name is aaron roundtree, everyone calls me tree. and i lost 17 friends at pulse nightclub. they say one of the worst parts is walking over the bodies and there's phones ringing, phones ringing over and over again. and you can't pick them up. >> they were young. they had a very long life ahead of them. my heart is the heaviest it's ever been. >> president obama is trying to make terrorism into guns. >> if we don't act, we will keep seeing more massacres like this. >> the chasm among republicans is widening. >> i'm an outsider. and historically they don't love the outsiders. >> he's going down in flames.
he looks like he's taking the republican party with him. >> good morning to you, i'm victor blackwell live in orlando. >> good morning, victor, i'm christi paul here in atlanta. and also ahead for you this hour, the fight to kick isis out of fallujah. the iraqi city that's witnessed so much bloodshed since saddam hussein has ousted. our ben wedeman has been to the center of the city within the last couple of hours to see the war of terror firsthand. >> i can hear the thump of artillery, incoming artillery rounds within the city itself. and we're also hearing the occasional crackle of small arms fire. so even though iraqi officials are very eager to announce that the city is nearly liberated, it does appear there are battles ongoing. >>
. we'll take you back to that in a moment. the first of several funerals today for the victims of sunday's shooting massacre is happening right now. at this moment family, friends and i'm sure a few strangers who just want to show their support for 21-year-old cory james connell. they're being walked down to the facility to begin to say their final good-byes. cory was a student at valencia community college. he wanted to be a firefighter. he was one of 49 people gunned down overnight sunday in a terrorist attack on pulse nightclub. now the tragedy is sparking an outpouring of support for the lgbt community here in orlando. exactly what that shooter probably did not want to happen is happening now. bringing the city closer together. and joining me now, patty sheehan, central florida's first openly gay commissioner here in orlando. and we have blue star who worked
at pulse nightclub for six years. you, too, have hugged four or five times just stance standing here. >> this is the first time we've seen even other since this happened. we live in different places, and we're good friends. >> had you several friends who were there. >> yes. >> that night. likely lost some friends. >> yes. >> what are you hearing, what are you feeling a block from the club. >> i sit here two days ago and i have to tell you standing here two days later, it gives me the same feeling. i walked away from this site two days ago, with maybe the heaviest heart i've ever had in my entire life. i have concern for my friends, i have concern for the city. i have concern for our patrons. i have concern once all of this is said and done, and we start to try to act as a community again, how it's going to affect people. because the effect is -- is
really strong. even standing here with you right now. >> but i think it's up to us, victor and blue, i think it's up to us and orlando to say that we are not going to allow this hatred and discrimination that created this young monster, that did this horrible crime, to permeate our community and to have a lasting effect. because i think that is the best way for us to heal as a community. i keep saying it. i understand this was horrible. and you know, people say how could you still have faith during this horrible, horrible time this is the time when you have to have faith. you have to come together and you have to say -- i love. >> does it last? because unfortunately i've stood in this position doing a similar show in different cities across the country, and five days later, six days later -- this is what we hear. five or six months, does this last? >> they ticked off gait community. we were the ones who put a face to aids and fought discrimination in people that were dying and got federal funding put in place over tremendous odds. we are the people who have
fought for our jobs, we fought discrimination for so many years. they unloaded on the wrong, they unloaded their guns on the wrong community. >> let me ask you, you've been hosting fundraisers, putting together care packages. how are you? how is this community? give us some of the specifics to beginning the healing process. >> i was thinking today where everybody was in the healing process and how last night we had an event and everybody danced as a part of healing and how amazing that was for five minutes just to not think about the outside world. and when i got done with that moment, i thought about these victims and families that were still in the hospital and when that time of the healing process was going to start for them and how the variation of where we're all going to be as time goes by is going to shift and change so much. as how do we connect and we do that because of the community support that we've already gotten. and i keep telling everybody, this is a marathon, not a race. when you tell me that you want to be a volunteer, i'm going to call you in three months, i'm going to call you in six months, i'm going to call you a year
from now and i expect you to stand up the same way that you did this past week. >> you worked at the club, so you know the owner, you know the owner very well, commissioner sheehan. will pulse reopen? >> there's been, i've heard people and they've been critical of that. and i understand barbara's commitment to reopen it. she wanted to do it for her brother who died of aids. she wanted people to have a nice place to go. and now she says that it's going to be the pulse of not just one, but 49 additional people. a pulse of 50. and i respect that. and i think that this community will support her as she rebuilds. and i think as the business district will support her as she rebuilds. i do not think that there's going to be, there will be critics, there's critics on everything. there have been critics of -- i got criticized because i didn't say magazine instead of clip. i said 49 people are dead -- that's the stupid stuff you're focusing on? there's going to be critics, but there's people lined up downtown to buy one orlando shirts.
>> the decal is all over the mall. in every restaurant, every convenience store you go to. something that i'm hearing now, maybe it's uniquely southern or something that is happening after this tragedy. when you say good-bye people say have a good day. be safe. >> and they add that on the end. you talk about the healing, both of you, part of it going to be financial support. there's the one orlando fund that's gained nearly $8 million from individuals and corporations. >> something they've realized through this process that we never had before, a lot of these young men and women were the primary breadwinners for their families, they were sending money home to their families from other countries. these are the first funerals, people have gone to funerals in other places, puerto rico, guatemala. there's so many countries that these young people -- >> that support will be important as we move forward. >> we've got to figure out a way to get this to these parents who were supported by these kids.
they were good kids, they were sending money home to their families. >> it's not just friends and family, it's the colleagues and the people you had dinner with. and -- people around the community. this is a community that's real and blue star, commissioner sheehan, thank you so much for being here this morning. >> thank you so much for supporting the community. as family and friends gather in orlando this is the scene we've seen on air with these two and in quiet moments across the city, they may not say it out loud, but you know why it's happening. authorities are still on the scene trying to piece together the killer's motive. i want to bring in paolo sandoval, who has been following the investigation. some things we've learned make it clear that this was a man setting up a few elements, preparing to die. >> victor, in order for investigators to track down and find that motive that you mentioned, they have to retrace some of the steps of the killer and that includes taking a closer look at some acts that could be considered suspicious. for example, the suspect, at
least investigators believe he gave his wife access to his bank account in the days leading up to the shooting. they also believe that he added her name to the insurance policy that he held. and the things we learned, that he attempted to purchase large amounts of ammunition, he tried to purchase body armor and then also the facebook messages that not only show him going on a rant. but also even threatening an attack. all of that now has to be evidence to be weighed by investigators. and finally you have the surveillance video. law enforcement video telling my colleague pamela brown, that investigators have obtained the surveillance video from the inside of the pulse nightclub, which will obviously be very disturbing, but nonetheless, it will provide a crucial window into what happened in there. investigators will able to see with their own eyes which, where the killer went. who he targeted specifically. so again, or if he targeted anybody specifically. again this is all the evidence
that continues to surface now. victor, seven days into the investigation as the community continues to heal. and as you just learned from that conversation from with the two incredible individuals, healing will happen. it's going to take time. >> all right, polo sandoval reporting this morning, thank you so much. christi will continue our coverage now as the funerals continue here. and i understand they'll continue throughout the week. and into next weekend. we'll be back here live in orlando. back to you in atlanta. victor, thank you so much. we appreciate it. meanwhile, we're learning that isis is losing ground in iraq. the iraqi prime minister saying fallujah is nearly free of isis militants. cnn takes you to the scene of this fierce fighting where we have been witnessing the war on terror firsthand.
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and to the right, there was also an intense exchange of gunfire. so certainly there is still quite a lot of resistance by isis within the city. and there's no question about that. and in fact, when we left fallujah and stopped on the outside of the city, we saw two incoming mortar rounds exploding just about 300 meters or yards away from us. so definitely we saw a lot of iraqi troops, federal police and army within the city. moving around in humvees, but they still seem to be running into a fair bit of resistance. what we did not see, christine, was a single civilian. they seem to have fled the city. or some of them may have been, may have pulled back with isis. more important to keep in mind, they may have been forced to pull back with isis. we know that isis has been using civilians as human shields.
and there have been quite a few civilian casualties in recent days, as a result of them being caught in the crossfire as this battle rages on. >> when we hear about the fact that fallujah is now essentially almost in iraqi hands, i know there are real concerns. you talked about earlier, regarding ieds and car bombs that may be left behind. so the city is far from secure, so to speak, would that be correct? >> that would be very correct, christine. it's not secure. certainly it will be weeks if not months before civilians can move back. for one thing, there's a fair amount of destruction from all the bombardment that went on before iraqi forces went into the city. and of course, since the fighting has raged in the streets. so yes, there's ieds, there's car bombs still in the city according to iraqi officials. and what we've seen in other cities, like ramadi and other
city in anbar province, not far from fallujah, there's a big gap between when isis is essentially defeated in a city, and months before civilians can actually move back, if they can move back at all. because many of them, their homes are utterly destroyed. the possessions oftentimes looted. so it's one thing to actually crush isis in a city like fallujah. it's a completely other thing before people can actually move back. >> very good point, thank you for giving us the sense of what's really happening there. ben wedeman. do stay safe to you and your crew there, thank you. meanwhile i know you've been watching the story all week, the family whose little boy was killed by an alligator at disney world. we learned that the family is back in nebraska and near talking, bryan gingras following that story.
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employees, but also of course, their guests, so an incident like this does not happen again. and they are putting up signs that we have seen, cnn crews gotten video of and many of them, four different messages, danger, alligators and snakes in the area, stay away from the water. do not feed the wildlife. these are sort of the signages and fences that we're seeing be put up across some of the properties here. also we're told employees are telling their guests, their employees, instructing them about the dangers that do exist on the properties and to be a little bit more aware. christi. >> we know a lot of people have been saying, if you're from florida, you're aware of the dangers. but let's face it disney world is a place that people from around the world a people come to visit. so not everybody is cognizant of that. i'm wondering how expansive are these signs? are they going to be around all of the water, the water places? the ponds? the lakes in disney? >> it's a great point, christi.
i'm from connecticut, i just think of alligators in swamps, you don't think of them necessarily being in manmade lakes. disney responsibility for that, putting up more signage. we're told by a spokesperson, they've been able to hit nine of their waterfront and beach properties, there's about two dozen they would like to get to. they're making progress on this. but it is a process. and it is continuing at this point in the morning. >> all right. brynn gingras, thank you so much. now as the push for gun control gross louder after the orlando attack, a constitutional law professor says it's time to repeal the second amendment. he's sharing his thoughts with us next. among paints was such a jewel that you had to seek it out. nope, even easier than that. more like taking a left on that street where you usually take a right that wasn't so hard. and if finding that paint made you and
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saying their final good-byes, cory was a student at valencia community college. we understand that he wanted to be a firefighter. he was one of 49 people gunned down overnight sunday in a terrorist attack at pulse nightclub. the tragedy sparked an outpouring of support for the lgbt community here in orlando. and is bringing the city, we see little vignettes of this every day, closer together. well this morning president obama is using his weekly address to reflect on the massacre here in orlando. after comforting the families of victims of another mass shooting this week, president obama is sharpening his rhetoric, calling for action on gun control legislation. >> so this past week i've also thought a lot about dads and moms around the country who have had to explain to their children what happened in orlando. time and again, we've observed moments of silence for victims of terror. and gun violence. too often those moments have been followed by months of
silence. by inaction, that is simply inexcusable. if we're going to raise our kids in a safer, more loving world, we need to speak up for it. we need our kids to hear us speak up about the risks guns pose to our communities. >> their vote scheduled monday in the senate on four gun control measures, but successful passage of any of them right now appears unlikely. now on the campaign trail, donald trump has accused hillary clinton of wanting to repeal the second amendment. now she has never said that. but this morning i have with me someone who is saying just that. david cohen, a constitutional law professor at drexel university. professor, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> so you wrote in "rolling stone," let's put it up on the screen, the second amendment needs to be repealed because it is outdated. a threat to liberty and a suicide pact. now you laid out the argument
that the constitution has been updated several times. you've said that in the past that the founding fathers have made mistakes. let me ask you this. even some of the most ardent supporters of gun control measures don't go as far as you go. they don't go beyond the background checks and banning specific types of semiautomatic rifles. why do you go to the repeal of the sond amendment? >> when something is written into the constitution as a right, we elevate it in our society as something beyond the democratic process. if we talk about it as a constitutional right, it's better than everything else. and i think it should be taken out of the constitution and made just like every other consumer good. that doesn't mean i think they should be banned everywhere. it just should be subject to votes. and democracy. and when we have a constitutional right, that takes it off the table. >> okay, so in this post second amendment america who then, from your perspective has the right to own a weapon?
and is it every weapon? or just specific types of weapons? >> well that's the thing. taking it out of the constitution doesn't answer that question. it just says let's talk about it now, just like we talk about cars, like we talk about -- [ inaudible ] [ inaudible ] and think about the benefits and the risks. and sometimes that means maybe in nebraska, we're going to have a different rule than in new york. or we might have a federal rule. but we're going to subject it to democracy. now to be honest, if it were up to me, i would be on the side of banning almost all guns. but i'm willing to take that to the democratic process. but not against a constitutional right. when it's a constitutional right, it takes it out of the hands of democracy, and says this is off the table. and it's the only consumer good that we have that is listed in the constitution. i think it has to go. >> which also opponents of your position means that it needs to be protected. but let me say this -- that the supreme court has already spoken
here through heller and mcdonald v. the city of chicago. so that's been spoken on by the judicial branch. i want to hear from a former navy s.e.a.l. on behalf of the nra, on this. this was posted to their youtube channel just after the shooting here in orlando. he speaks about the ar-15 specifically. >> i guarantee if the founding fathers had known this gun would have been invent, they wouldn't have rewritten the second amendment. they would have fortified it in stone because they knew the only way for us to stay free, was by having whatever guns the bad guys have. this firearm gives average people the advantage they so desperately need and deserve. so protect their life, liberty and happiness. >> well you say that the founding fathers likely made a mistake. they could not have known about these types of weapons. the former navy s.e.a.l. says they would have fortified that right. what's your response to his saying this is the only way that
people stay free? >> i mean, there's a cost/benefit analysis here. some people think that guns make them safer. but i think the evidence that we've seen over the past several years, with mass shootings, seemingly every week, of children, of churchgoers, of people out at a nightclub having fun and expressing themselves -- to me that cost is too high. and i don't think the faunding fathers had any conception of what society would be like today. and at this point in time, maybe they were right in 1791, i can't say about that. i wasn't there. but i can say that in 2016 that evaluation is wrong. and it needs to go. they had no sense of what societies today would be like. and the constitution allows for it to be changed. it's time to change it. >> the constitution allow force the repeal of amendments, we saw it with the 18th and several other elements of the constitution being changed. over the past several centuries. but let me ask you this, do you
believe, and i want to know if we're having a theoretical conversation, or if you actually believe that the second amendment can and will be repealed. because after sandy hook, i mean if the white house and those who support gun control measures couldn't get background checks, universal background checks passed after that, do you really expect that this conversation will lead to some type of repeal sm some movement to repeal the second amendment? or is this just a theoretical conversation? >> i think it can. i mean look, if there weren't another mass shooting, ever again in our history, no i don't think anything would happen. but unfortunately what we're seeing is that this happens time and time again with victims that just are being slaughtered. and i think that there's a majority of people in the country who feel that they're fed up. who are being silenced by the nra. who are being silenced by those who take to the air waves and threaten violence about guns. and i think there's a majority who believe this. don't get me wrong, this is
difficult. the constitutional system to amend the constitution, it takes two-thirds vote in each house of the congress and three-quarters of the states, that's difficult. but i think with enough people speaking up, enough people saying that this part of the constitution is outdated, it's a threat to us, as we saw last weekend. and it's wrong. >> yeah. well professor, 80% to 90% and in some surveys more of americans polled say that they support universal background checks. and those haven't gone anywhere in the past several years. we'll see what the, the chances for, for a repeal of the second amendment. but you've started this conversation, we thank you for being with us here in news room. professor david cohen, thanks so much. and christi, i'll send it back to you in atlanta. >> hey, victor, thank you very much. a man charged with murdering a popular british politician has made his first court appearance this morning. he gave this chilling answer when asked his name. we're going to take you there live. tell you what happened, stay close.
morning about what happened? >> it took place in london. win minister magistrate's court. the very earliest stages, christi of the proceedings. the first time that 52-year-old tommy mayer had appeared in court since he was charged with murder. causing grievous bodily harm and a variety of other offenses, those charges were laid against him overnight. was then taken to the capital and he appeared in court, those words that he said, britain, death to traitors for the british, they, we can't take too much understanding as to whether this was the deep longstanding political involvement. whether it was right-wing extremism. but it's certainly given the police, a direction if you like of motive. for what was the most dreadful
murder of jo cox. and it has clarified other evidence that has been seen. and other facts. for instance, his subscription to right-wing publications. fascist publications, the paraphernalia that's been found in his house, all of these sort of pieces of jigsaws, we had wondered, christi. we had wondered what the motive and what his intention and what his thoughts were. when he appeared in court this morning. we were left in little doubt. >> i know that this has shaken the community there. and when we talk about gun violence here in america, it's very different there in england where you don't see gun violence nearly as often. help us understand what people are, are absorbing there and how they're reacting to this. and any more information as to how he acquired that gun. >> that's one of the acquisition of the gun is one of the things
the police has announced yesterday, they're looking into. it was an illegal weapon. it was also apparently a home-made or some form of old weapon. but that's an aside. i don't want to spend too much time talking about mair, we have seen the best and the worst in some cases today. you saw what was happening in the court proceedings. but behind me, this is the memorial, the makeshift memorial. in the last two hours we have seen the family of jo cox who came here, the sister paid respects. publicly saying she was perfect. she was a human being who wanted to help people. saying that no person should ever have to go through what she had to, which was to identify the the body of her slain sister. and then the remarkable part.
because at that point the family didn't just disappear off back into homes and houses. they stayed here. they made it quite clear. they were going to stay for a good 15, 20 minutes. because there is a sense of community in this part of england. and in this small west yorkshire town. and for 20 minutes in front of us, they met, friends, relatives, people in the community. that was something quite remarkable and moving on the same day that the man who is alleged to have murdered their daughter appeared in court. >> richard, you put it so beautifully. we hope that that family is feeling a little bit of comfort today as they see all of those people coming out for them. richard quest, live in england, thank you so much. >> money projects have been stalking the olympic games in
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you realize it's just seven weeks until the summer olympic games in rio? there are alarms sounding now over a essential public services for visitors. the governor of the state of rio de janeiro has declared a state of emergency saying the state government does not have enough money to insure adequate health, security and transportation during these games. cnn senior international correspondent nick paton walsh is in rio. clarify this for us, help us understand. what does this mean for people traveling there for the games? >> well it means they're coming to a city with yet another crisis bubbling up to the surface. now this is basically the state government of rio area, where the city of rio de janeiro is located. saying that they need emergency measures. a state of emergency, a financial calamity was the phrase used, we know they've been close to bankruptcy, heavily in debt, $5 billion for quite some time now. that's impacted the hospitals,
the olympic tourists may end up using. it has impacted the police's ability to provide security here. we didn't know it was quite that bad, they would suddenly late yesterday, say we need an emergency amount of funding. now local media suggesting there may be something close to $1 billion that may come their way. this may be brinkmanship. it may be local officials trying to get money out of the federal government they know they're in a crisis here in terms of local public services. it brings a real sense of concern about what we may see around olympics themselves. those police and health services and transportation. things that tourists are going to be relying upon and all probably sour the backdrop potentially if things aren't up to scratch. and of course we don't really know exactly what's going on beneath the surface, with olympic finances and the preparation for infrastructure for the olympic games. a subway supposed to go from here behind me to the park itself to take tourists for the games, that's only going to be
ready four days before the games actually begins. there are lots of question marks here. when you suddenly get an announcement like this, which i think frankly took many people by surprise, it adds to the climate of uncertainty and unpredictability here. which is the last thing that anyone wants if you're going to spend a lot of money and see athletes compete in what should be a seamlessly organized competition. christi? >> nick paton walsh, thank you so much. don't look for the russian track and field team to compete under the russian flag at the olympics. their ban from international competition has been extended now due to persistent widespread allegations of doping. iaaf say russian track and field athletes may compete in rio as neutral athletes if they can prove they're clean. russian president vladimir putin was kd about alleged doping by fareed zakaria. >> i'm not sure i understand what it it meant. the program made a change in the samples taken for the doping
tests. if the samples are taken, they always move to the international organizations and we cannot affect them in any way, they are never stored in the territory of the russian federation, they're going to lausanne or some other city, i don't know. they can be reopened or rechecked by experts. the doping problem is not only related to russia. it is the problem that is relevant for the whole sports world. and if someone is trying to politicize this area, it is a big mistake. let me emphasize, that we've never supported any violations in sports. we have never supported that at the state level. and we will never support this. we will never support any dopings or any other violations in this area and we are going to cooperate with all the international organizations in this regard.
>> and you can be sure to watch fareed zakaria's gps special tomorrow morning at 10:00 a.m. eastern here on cnn. first, though, we want to you meet another of this year's top ten cnn heroes. this is a mom of a child with down's syndrome. helping other people with the condition reach their full potenti potential. >> our kids wear their diagnosis on their face. they're judged from the minute they wake up in the morning, anywhere they go, whatever they do. we do have a lot to prove. we have to show that we can and we will learn to do everything everybody else does, it might just take us a limb bit longer. but we're going to do it and you need to believe in us. >> you can hear the passion in nancy gianni there. how she's changing lives of people with downs syndrome. see more at cnnheroes.com. nominate someone you think should be a 2016 cnn hero. can you vote once a day. and we'll be right back.
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the horrific story developing in pennsylvania this morning. a man facing a list of charges, including sexual assault after police say he fathered two children with a teenager. and here's the thing -- that teenager was allegedly given to this man as a gift by her parents. even more disturbing was that police found 11 other girls living inside had man's home.
they had no birth certificates, they weren't in school. joe holden of our affiliate kyw has more. >> jen betts tells ussis when she saw a stone's throw away from her home that prompted her to call pennsylvania's child line. >> you notice these little girls, only little girls, they would be outside, very sporadically, very rarely you would see one or two. >> this mother's complaint has uncovered a deeply disturbing case. police on thursday removed 12 girls, including an infant they say were living in this house in the 400 block of old street road. they had no birth certificates, weren't enrold in any school. it's alleged this man, lee caplan was gifted the oldest of the girls by her own parents who live in pennsylvania's amish country. today she is 18. they say kaplan began a sexual relationship with her starting when she was 14. police say she gave birth to two of kaplan's children. >> mr. kaplan had her living there as some kind of repayment for a financial situation. >> news of the charges and
allegations sent shock waves through this community. >> just amazed. could go go on right under our noses. >> i thought they were part of his family. >> 12 children? >> i never saw that. >> police have charged the couple believed to be the biological mother and father to ten of the girls. arrest papers revealed david and selva stoltsfus, knew their daughter, starting a the 14 years old was engaged in a sexual relationship with kaplan. neighbors tell us they were often curious about living arrange mgts inside the home. >> sometimes there are kids looking at me. i said how many kids he have. >> someone would call jen betts the hero of this story. she says it was just her motherly instinct. >> i just made the call. i just, i don't know. just an instinct. i felt like i wasn't going through another summer where everybody should be outside kind of thing and not see those little girls again. >> listen to your gut. for sure. joe holden with our affiliate kyw there. all three adults are being held
on $1 million bail each. a 5-year-old boy is recovering in a denver hospital after he was attacked by a mountain lion. it happened last night near aspen, colorado. the local sheriff's office says the boy was playing outside with his older brother, when the lion attack. the boy's mother ran outside the house and pulled him away from the animal. this is video of the type of mountain lion we're talking about. the one involved in this attack was hunted down by authorities and killed. and we know the boy is in fair condition now. and his mother was treated for minor injuries and released. yes, moms -- will fight whatever we have to for our kids, won't we? thank you so much for watching our coverage of the terror attacks in orlando. our continuing, we're going to turn it over to our colleague, fredricka witfield, who is there in orlando. fred, good morning to you. >> thanks so much christi. it is indeed a very heavy, tough day, because yet again, many people will be laid to rest.
we are live from orlando. i'm fredricka witfield, newsroom starts right now. funerals are being held for five more of the victims killed in the attack at the pulse nightclub earlier. a week ago now. cory james connell, stan aly almadoval, tony devon brown. yoel penlaga and luis vilma will be laid to rest and the fbi is scrutinizing new surveillance video from inside the club at the time of the shooting. investigators have questioned an official at the mosque where the gunman prayed. cnn's polo sandoval is following the investigation. so polo, while they have this new surveillance video, investigators are also still trying to figure out the shooter. omar mateen. >>